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As of December 1, 2012 I will also be posting on Our Salon. Note that I am unable to open any pm's I receive due to software dysfunction here.


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JANUARY 24, 2015 1:58AM

Is the "American Sniper" a Victim?


Is a sniper a victim?

Especially if he was a volunteer both for military duty and for training for a well-paid career position as a sniper?

When he becomes dehumanized, sociopathic, cynical, and shallow, mocks his victims as subhuman “savages” and “scum;” and works to iRead full post »

JANUARY 15, 2015 2:24PM

MLK's Continuing Challenge to America

Annual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tend to focus almost exclusively on the struggle for juridical equality for southern blacks. Since blacks in the south can now vote (with reduced obstacles), serve on juries, use the public libraries, Dr. King’s cause is now portrayed as over, aRead full post »

“We’re scared! So that justifies everything and anything we do!”

The brutal cynicism and sadism of Americans keeps reaching new heights. The hatred for the poor, the vulnerable, for the people we victimize, seems to know no limits. People cheer killer cops who run amok and demand fRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 12:31AM

Why I Miss Communism


It's not that Communism was a good thing in itself, but

I wish we still had Communism and the Cold War again.

Communism kept our capitalist masters somewhat in check.

Communism kept them somewhat restrained if not honest.

Communism was a system the capitalist ruling class knew they had toRead full post »



Will we ever be certain of the truth?  I doubt it. I fear people will end up just believing whatever they want to believe.I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. What sources of information do I trustRead full post »


Doses Raising Cattle in the American West Even Make Sense? Did it ever?


More than 96% of all cattle raised in the USA are raised east of the Mississippi River because that’s where there is rainfall agriculture and lush pastures. Up to 50 headRead full post »


 An colorful eyewitness account of conversations at the Bundy Ranch not usually mentioned by the mainstream media has appeared in Esquire magazine (online at written by  Cory Enders, who details what a rag-tag collection/Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2014 11:07AM

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Liz, and Me



Some random memories and free associations on the news of  the deahthof Colombian writer Garcia Marquez...

The opening and closing scenes of One Hundred Years of Solitude are the most entrancing and haunting scenes of any novel I’ve ever read. It happened that I finished read/Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2013 10:27AM

Wiil Democrats Cave on Social Security?


Not long ago I added my name to an online petition opposing cuts to Social Security in the name of “reform”. “Take Action Now!” the blurb said, as if a mouse click qualified as “action.”Today I got a lengthy automated reply from one of “my”Read full post »



My "continuing education":

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want the crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful rRead full post »

AUGUST 29, 2013 1:33AM

Summer of 1963



I graduated from high school in Oakland, California on the day Medgar Evers was murdered in Mississippi. I was 17 that summer. I got along  with black people, didn’t feel superior to them but had no close black friends and no special insight or sensitivity to the chRead full post »


Now he tells us?


There I was, innocently rummaging through an unsolicited complimentary copy of  The Progressive Populist, subtitled a journal from America’s Heartland.

“Harkin Letting Loose as Retirement Nears” was the headline of a story by Ari Cullen on&nbRead full post »

JULY 15, 2013 12:31PM

"They Always Get Away With It"


Yes,  it sure seems like they always get away with it...


 Yes, any gun-toting, self-styled vigilante has the unconditional right to chase you down and confront you. You have no right to confront him. He has the legal right to stand his ground no matter where he is, including

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JULY 10, 2013 11:31PM

It's The Relationship That Heals



The small, nonprofit mental health agency I contract with is doing more Medicaid billing these days. Reading supposed “clinical literature” about current requirements and guidelines for documentation, from that (and various other sources), I just feel overwhelmed with institRead full post »


(Voter supression in Colorado takes a different form than in the Old South where Neo-Confederates dominate state govenment. I think this post is useful in reminding us of the myriad ways GOP and conservative voter suppression efforts take.  It is noteworthy that in Colorado, voter suppresRead full post »



(in the wake of the recent Supreme Court attack on the Voting Rights Act, so enthusiastically received by  Neo-Confederate state officials, this seems an appropriate time to repost this entry from August 28,2012) 

How Can You Not Connect the Dots?

*33 stateRead full post »

JUNE 27, 2013 10:03AM

Supreme Court: Killers of the Dream?



(pace Lorraine Hansberry)

The U.S. Supreme Court has truly earned the title “Killers of the Dream” as SCOTUS decides Article 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was constitutional when enacted in 1965 but is now unconditional because thanks to its effects, conditions have changeRead full post »



It's Open Season on Voting Rights.As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the State Attorney Generals of  Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina gleefully announced their restrictive “Voter ID” legislation would im/Read full post »



Another old story, this one from 1993.

Frustrated with the bureaucratic nonsense at my current job, I applied for a position with an independent community mental health agency that was a spin-or or new outgrowth of a 21-day substance abuse residential program. They had advertised for psRead full post »



Late November 1970. I was standing with my thumb out alongside a highway in Santa Cruz, just 100 miles from my San Francisco home. It was the last leg of a hitchhiking journey that had taken me almost 3,000 miles from S.F. to Tucson, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, LasRead full post »

JUNE 18, 2013 2:53AM

"The Blackest Black Man..."

(This is an anecdote from way back, a memory triggered by a recent post by L in the Souheast)


Back in 1964 while a student at San Francisco State, I answered a spot job ad on the student employment board.When I called, the lady explained it was just one-day’s work cleaning upRead full post »

(Repost: originally posted 10/21/10 on my blog  The Edge of Cedar Mesa on Word, before I started posting on Open Salon)

Sally Swift, on her Open Salon blog ( had an interesting Veteran’s Day list of “Who Served Our Country and Who Did

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MAY 17, 2013 4:18AM

the Wonderful 401(k) World!

Your Key to Success: the Wonderful, Wonderful World of 401 (k) s!

Gee, isn’t it great to realize you are standing on the cutting edge of an Exciting New Era?

Boy, Thomas Friedman’s recent op-ed column in the NY Times on Labor Day [sic!], “It’s a 401K World” reallyRead full post »

APRIL 17, 2013 10:31AM

You May Never Be Able to Retire

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, laid it out very clearly and succinctly recently:

“Why Cutting Social Security Benefits Is Such a Big Deal”  ( 4/16/13

"To understand, here’s some context. American famiRead full post »

(well, maybe it was only a suicide gesture like slashing your wrists, which usually isn’t fatal)

“The Grand Bargain is about showing the world we can hurt people, so they will know we are serious.”

Dong Johnson, “Elite Pundit Deficit Frenzy Just Like ‘Run Up’ toRead full post »